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- The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international convention that sets out what individual countries have to do to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights as everybody else. It talks about rights like the right to:
- Live in and be fully included in the community
- Choose where you live and who you live with
- Have your say and express an opinion
- Get around and have the help you need to do so
- Marry and have a family
- Have children
- Work and to earn a living
- An adequate standard of living
- Vote and be elected
- Access buildings, transport and information
- Ireland signed the Convention in 2007 but ten years later Ireland still hasn’t ratified it which means that it hasn’t been included in Irish law.
- What needs to happen? There are some laws that need to change in order for Ireland to ratify the convention. Most of these laws have been written and some have been enacted but have not yet been fully commenced. This means they haven’t come into force.
- How does this affect people with disabilities and their families?
- Not ratifying the Convention is like saying that the rights of people with disabilities aren’t important.
- But by ratifying the Convention, the Irish Government would show that it is fully committed to an equal society where the rights of people with disabilities are fully respected just like everyone else.
- What needs to be done?
- The only thing that is needed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities is political will.
- Everyone needs to do everything in their power to call for ratification.
No more delays. We have waited long enough. #RatifyCRPD
This is the letter that we will mail on your behalf to the recipients listed.
Re: #RatifyCRPD: Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
To: Finian McGrath TD, Minister for Disabilities
In March 2007, Ireland was one of the 82 countries which signed up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on the very first day it opened for signing. That was a day of great pride for the country. Over ten years later, Ireland still hasn’t ratified the Convention sharing this position with countries like North Korea, Egypt and Ethiopia.
Changes are needed to our laws to make sure we are ready for the requirements of the Convention. But it’s been ten years and progress has been so slow. New laws that have passed haven’t been commenced and some new laws that are needed haven’t even been discussed by the Oireachtas yet. These delays are unacceptable.
Ireland needs to do better for people living with a disability in our society.
Not ratifying the Convention is like saying that my rights and the rights of people with disabilities aren’t important. But by ratifying the Convention, the Irish Government would show that it is fully committed to an equal society where the rights of people with disabilities are fully respected just like everyone else.
We have waited long enough. As Minister for Disabilities, I would ask you to do everything in your power to ensure that Ireland ratifies the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities without any further delay.